A lady judicial officer was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside her quarters near ADM Chhak in Balasore town on Friday night. Police have sealed the house and said the body would be recovered in the presence of Magistrate and scientific team on Saturday.
The lady officer, identified as Anupama Behera (35) of Bhubaneswar, was working here as process inspector. Earlier, she was posted as sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) in Bhadrak and transferred to Koraput as sub-judge recently.
Police sources said Anupama was about to join her new posting on March 25. “On Thursday, she had packed all her valuables with the help of three court officials. But on Friday none had seen her. The incident came to light when her brother Amiya Behera telephoned a court official asking him to inquire as to why she was not picking up his phone calls,” said a police official.
When the official, Ajit Ranjan Jena, knocked on the door of Anupama’s house, there was no response. He then informed other court officials, judges and lawyers about the incident.
Later, a police team rushed to the house and saw through the window that her body was lying on the bed with a pillow covering her face. She was suspected to have been killed.
Balasore Collector Ranjit Mohanty, SP Amrita Dash, Tehsildar Pinaki Patnaik and other senior officers along with advocates went to the spot. Sahadevkhunta IIC Manoj Rout said the incident would be investigated after recovery of the body on Saturday.